Reforming the Electoral Process
" The cost of being presented
as a " responsible and serious candidate" by the media
[is] usually to show fundamental agreement with the existing distribution
of wealth and power. "
Michael Lerner, philosopher, psychologist,
"Since felons are subsequently
disfranchised, the US now has 1.75 million people disqualified
from voting because of their criminality- 1.4 million black men
have forfeited their right to vote, almost 15 per cent of the
black male population."
"The two major parties
have abdicated their responsibility to lead, to advocate solutions,
and to promote true democracy... "
"If a baseball player
slides into home plate and, right before the umpire rules if he
is safe or out, the player says to the umpire-"Here is $1,000."
What would we call that? We would call that a bribe. If a lawyer
was arguing a case before a judge and said, "Your honor before
you decide on the guilt or innocence of my client, here is $1,000."
What would we call that? We would call that a bribe. But if an
industry lobbyist walks into the office of a key legislator and
hands her or him a check for $1,000, we call that a campaign contribution.
We should call it a bribe."
Janice Fine, Dollars and Sense
"Big corporations and
billionaires fund 90 percent to 98 percent of the Democratic and
Republican Party budgets."
"Around the world, the
message received is that, whoever wins [the U.S. election], expect
only more of the same - national narcissism disguised as altruism,
corporate appeasement, and the arbitrary use of U.S. military
and economic might."
Greg Guma, Toward Freedom magazine
" The U.S. President has
been largely refashioned as a high-level trade representative
for the transnationals."
The Nation magazine